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Trick-or-treater pricked by needle sitting out this Halloween


WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - A Winchester mother says Halloween won't be the same for her family ever again. She talked to us about what her young daughter has been through since being pricked by a needle last Halloween.

It happened on Sturbridge Lane in Winchester. And last year's incident has left some neighbors worried for this Halloween.

The girl is only nine years old and already doesn't want to trick-or-treat. But it's not because she thinks she has outgrown it.

"Now she's not going to do that with her friends because she's scared," said the girl's mother who wants to remain anonymous.

That mother says last Halloween traumatized her daughter when a needle was found in her trick-or-treat bag.

"I checked the candy every year when she would go trick-or-treating, but we didn't get a chance to check it. She got stuck with a needle in the leg before we got home."

So she and her daughter collectively decided to sit this Halloween out.

"She had to get some blood work and stuff done for the year. So we went a year not knowing what, if anything, was going to be wrong with her, but everything turned out good. Everything was okay."

They are still dressing up this Thursday, handing out candy and advice to parents on how to avoid what happened to them.

"Even the neighborhoods you know you still have to be careful, and you still have to watch out."

The parents in that neighborhood who tell us they're still taking their kids trick-or-treating say they're just going to be precautious and go up to the doors with their children, looking in the bowls before they grab candy.

"Maybe carry the bag of candy myself and then go through it before giving them any candy," said Megan Swart, a concerned parent living on Sturbridge Lane.

While police tell us it was an isolated incident and an accident, some just don't want to take any chances and won't be getting out this Halloween.

"I hate to think that anybody in this world would be that cruel to intentionally try to hurt a child, but you just never know."

Winchester police say they will be on high alert as always this Halloween.


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